Remember the safety demonstration on airplanes? “In the unlikely event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting children.”
There’s a deep truth in that advice with applications for children’s ministry. You cannot help others, unless you take care of yourself first. You cannot serve your students in the best way possible, unless you put on your own oxygen mask first. Taking care of your own basic needs is not selfish; it enables you to give selflessly to others. You can't give what you don't have.
Let’s see how the oxygen mask principle plays out in the context of children’s ministry.